It’s Time to Measure Agilent Technologies

With shares of Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) trading at around $43.67, is A an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:

C = Catalyst for the Stock’s Movement

First things first. You don’t want to dream like the guy in the picture above. You will see why in the Conclusion section.

Before we get to the big picture for Agilent Technologies, let’s first take a look at the most recent news for Agilent Technologies. However, if you don’t like reading about numbers and stats that might seem foreign to you, then feel free to skip this paragraph. The company recently released its Infinium 9000 H-Series high-definition oscilloscopes. There are four models with different bandwidth possibilities, which include 250 MHz, 500MHz, 1 GHz, and 2GHz. There will also be a 12-bit vertical resolution maximum. These oscilloscopes will have the highest bandwidth as well as the deepest memory in its class. In regards to memory, there will be a maximum of 100 points per channel, but the memory depth will have the potential to be upgraded to 500 points per channel. In simplest terms, there is much demand for mobile devices with low-power and high-dynamic range. The Infinium 9000 H-Series meet that demand.

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Agilent Technologies has a profit margin of 16.81 percent, an ROE of 24.27 percent, operating cash flow of $1.23 billion, a Trailing P/E of 13.35, and a Forward P/E of 12.77. This is also one of the very few stocks that have a shutout on the Buy side when it comes to analyst recommendations. There are 16 Buy recommendations, and no Hold or Sell recommendations. By the way, the short position is a tiny 1.20 percent, which indicates that shorts don’t want to get involved betting against the company.

Based on the information provided so far, it would be difficult to find a reason to avoid Agilent Technologies. But will the most important numbers tell a different story? Let’s find out.